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Medical professionalism matters

Exploring the real life challenges experienced by today’s medical professionals and providing support that doctors want and need

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Over the past 18 months, a partnership of healthcare organisations led by the General Medical Council (GMC), held a series of events to explore some of the challenges facing the medical profession today. This programme is called Medical professionalism matters. Six events were held across the UK – from Glasgow and Belfast, to Newcastle, Cardiff, […]


The doctor as scholar

Should all doctors be scholars? And what does being a scholar mean anyway? Participants debated these issues during the course of the Medical profesionalism matters events and came to some tentative conclusions – as well as raising concerns for the future. Being a scholar There were, it was generally agreed, a number of different levels […]

Quality in general practice: measuring vs. improving

Jonathon Tomlinson reflects on the difficulties of measuring the quality of general practice and the prospects of improvement.   In recent years I’ve seen the NHS from a patient perspective. I’ve had a few fractured bones, been present for one son’s home delivery and another’s emergency admission after being run over. I’ve seen my dad admitted […]

Round up: EoLC skills, funding matters & equality in training

Here are four blogs that got us thinking this week: End-of-life care: getting it right for more people, more of the time – Dr David Oliver blogs about why good palliative care skills should be everyone’s business for The King’s Fund. Staffing matters; funding counts – The Health Foundation reports on the greatest threats to […]

An ancient idea inspiring innovative enhancement to medical education?

Sabena Jameel, a GP and Associate Dean for GP Education based in Birmingham, talks about her current PhD studies looking at the intellectual virtue of Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) as it relates to medical education and work as a GP. Wednesday evening, and I am sitting on the side-lines of the dojo watching ‘the Master’ sow […]

The importance of a scholarly outlook

Professor Patrick G Johnston MD PhD FMedSci delivered this article as the keynote at the Medical professionalism matters event, The doctor as a scholar, on Wednesday 03 February 2016, in Belfast. Introduction Terence, Niall, Colleagues, it is a real pleasure to join you this evening, not as Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, and former Dean of Medicine, but as a […]

The doctor as a scholar: Restoring truth and integrity

Part two In part one, Has medicine taken a turn towards darkness?,  I raised the concerns echoed by eminent editors of leading medical journals (The Lancet and NEJM) that science had taken a turn toward darkness, with evidence of financial impropriety, conflicts of interest, poorly conducted and biased research and much more. It is up […]

When does scholarship end, or why should it?

As I ploughed across Northern Ireland’s most extensive upland range on a gloomy February evening I had to ask myself, ‘Why are you doing this to yourself? You are a retired GP traveling nearly 100 miles to attend a GMC symposium on The Doctor as a Scholar; what is the GMC up to? Are they […]

Has medicine taken a turn towards darkness?

Part one (read part two) When we think of the doctor as scholar, we may imagine someone who is learned, curious, active in research – be it clinical or scientific, producing publications, endeavouring to evolve and advance the world of medicine and doing so with a high degree of ethical conduct and integrity and ultimately […]

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